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Friday, March 31st 2023


7pm - rosie's bar

Opening Session with Dick Miles & Friends

Join Dick Miles and local musicians for the opening session of the weekend. All musicians welcome!

Friday, March 31st

8pm - ballydehob community hall

festival all-star concert

Breaking Trad is made up of Dónal Murphy (Accordion), David Doocey (Fiddle), and Mike Galvin (Guitar/Vocals).

Dónal Murphy has performed at the festival with Four Men and a Dog on many occasions and this year he’s back with “Breaking Trad”. Dónal is originally from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and is a winner of countless All-Ireland titles.

David Doocey, from Foxford, Co. Mayo has travelled with numerous bands and is a previous winner of the coveted Fiddler of Oriel trophy.

Mike Galvin has a vast experience of working in different genres from rock and roll to Irish traditional music.

Their music has been described as ‘Dazzling’, ‘Unorthodox and Unique’.


festival session trail

IRish whip

Alan Finn (Musician in Residence) with Joanne Quirke and Friends

Rosie's bar

Maria Cotter, Pat Fleming & Maeve McSweeney

sandboat bar

Simon Crehan, Fionn O’Hanlon, Matt Bashford & Conor Daly

THURSDAY, March 30th 2023



This performance by Danny and Brian Miller (Bua, The Lost Forty) brings together two of the top Irish traditional/folk musicians in the US. Their soulful and compelling live performances run the gamut from sensitive waltzes to tearaway reels, punctuated by impeccable arrangements of newly-unearthed traditional songs.

Thursday, March 30th
Saturday, April 1st

saturday, April 1st 2023

12pm - working artists studio

The Given Note - Morning of Poetry and Song with
paul Ó Colmáin & Special Guests.

Paul is a poet, musician and visual-artist and co-director of Working Artist’s Studios. He has published a book of poetry, a children’s story and six music albums. All are welcome to attend and the Working Artists Studio to contribute a poem or song to the session.

try the uilleann pipes

10am - bank house

Na Píobairí Uilleann in collaboration with Ballydehob Trad Festival

and Cork Pipers' Club will be holding a 'Try the Pipes' event on

Saturday 1st April in the Bank House, Ballydehob from 10am-12pm.

This event gives an opportunity for those interested or curious about the uilleann pipes to come along and try them out for free with an experienced teacher and uilleann piper. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. Tuition will be provided on the day by Cork uilleann pipers Eoin Ó Riabhaigh and Muireann Ní Shé.

There will also be a Piper’s Chair where local pipers and musicians will encouraged to share a tune or two.

11.15am - working artists studio

A Festival of Fools with Michéal.

2.00pm - working artists studio

port béil
(mouth music)

The launch of a new animated music video by Paul Ó Colmáin and Colm Rooney featuring Paul's tunes, mouth music and illustrations. 

Two new polkas, "Timpeall an Tí" and "Seachain an Drisiúr" make the soundtrack for a humorous couple of minutes.

The launch will be at 2.00pm Saturday 1st April and continue during the day.


Rosie's bar


Sandra Walsh & Special Guests

sandboat bar


Mary Crowley & John Connelly

6.15pm - working artist's studio

An Evening of Spoken Word & Music from Thaddeus Ó Buachalla and Friends

Poet and composer Thaddeus Ó Buachalla is an exciting new voice. His début novel EL echoes the work of Umberto Eco in its bizarre fusion of science fantasy and historical fiction. Today he will read from his new work Immram an Phréacháin, a surreal journey through Cork City by two pals at night, with musical accompaniment from Sam Uí Bhuachalla (harp), Moze Jacobs (clarinet and sax) and Paul McMahon (guitar and banjo).

Traditional singing workshop with
elle marie o'dwyer - €10

2pm - bank house

Elle Marie O’Dwyer is from Freemont, Co Cork and has been involved in Traditional Singing from a young age. Elle Marie’s unique voice has helped her to become one of the best known young singers in the country at the moment.

Elle Marie has won many All- Ireland singing titles and has toured nationally and internationally. She has released three solo CD’s and has performed with Sean Keane, Cherish the Ladies and the High Kings


 concert with
eva coyle & friends

Eva Coyle is a Folk Artist based in West Cork. Her style is a blend of Folk Indie with roots of Irish Traditional Music. The launch of her debut album in May 2023 followed a small national tour, some of which she played the Word Stage
at Electric Picnic and Whelan’s Trad Folk Fest. The album features
collaborations with John Blek, Bean Dolan, John Williams of Solas, Katie Grennan and renowned Swedish Folk guitarist Mattias Pérez. Eva’s music has been featured more prominently in Sweden and the UK with Folk Radio UK and BBC sounds quoting Mark Radcliffe ‘I adore Eva’s sound and can’t wait to hear more’ BBC sounds Folk Show. She is working on some new material and preparing for a tour with Mattias Pérez in Sweden this coming Autumn.


festival session trail

sandboat bar

Alan Finn (Musician in Residence) with Joanne Quirke and Friends

Rosie's bar


Clíona Halley and Darragh Carey-Kennedy

irish whip


Ciarán French, Hannah Collins, Donagh McElligot and Friends

8pm - ballydehob community hall

festival all-star concert

The popular and multi-award-winning quintet Goitse was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s World Academy.

The group includes Áine McGeeney (Fiddle/Vocals), Colm Phelan (Bodhran), Conal O’Kane (Guitar), Danny Collins (Piano Accordion, Keyboard) and Alan Reid (Banjo).

Goitse has released six critically acclaimed recordings and maintains a year-round touring schedule that includes performances throughout Ireland and the UK, Germany, France and the United States.

Together, the quintet Goitse make what Irish Music Magazine calls ‘Music that’s brimming with energy and creative zeal’.

Who would want to be a fool in this day and age!?

Micheál is relearning the art of fooling, a sort of messenger for the inner world that resides in all of us. 

Can we look see be and fly to a place where our dreams can be realised (with real eyes)? It's impossible surely or maybe I'mPossible! 

Sunday, April 2nd

sunday, April 2nd 2023


the village heritage walk
starting from the bank house

Join local historian Eugene McSweeney for a fascinating free walking tour through the history of Ballydehob village


school's art competition
aisling gallery

(upstairs rosie's bar)

JThe artwork of the local school children will be on display in the Aisling Gallery during the weekend and the prizewinners will be presented with their awards at 1pm on Sunday, April 2nd.


The Dylan Camier Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the Best Overall School


2pm - rosie's bar
lunchtime concert with
ger o'donnell & maria ryan


Maria Ryan, violinist, fiddle player and singer from Pallasgreen in Co. Limerick, is an alumnus of Cork School of Music (CIT), where she co-founded the highly acclaimed music ensemble Strung. In recent times she has also toured internationally with Galician piper Carlos Nuñez, played with Crash Ensemble and the Irish National Opera. But nowhere is she more comfortable than in this folk collaboration with singer and multi-instrumentalist Ger O’ Donnell.

Ger O’Donnell, multi-instrumentalist, singer, music educator, arranger, was born in Limerick. His musical journey has led him through fife and drum bands to classical flute to rock bands to his current focus on strings and voice in folk arrangements. Long before lockdowns, his online collaborations with singers and instrumentalists, have garnered him a huge and loyal following. His collaborations with Maria Ryan have struck some of the deepest chords.

irish whip


Youth Session featuring local young musicians

levis' bar

Trad Session with Pat Fleming & Maria Cotter

sandboat bar


Alan Finn (Musician in Residence)

& Friends

2.30pm - ballydehob community hall
festival céilí
music: hughie kennedy & tony corbett
tickets: €10 (at the door)

afternoon session trail


6.00pm - rosie's bar

farewell session with mary crowley & john connelly

 All musicians welcome to join in for this final session of the weekend

8.00pm - levis' corner house

 finale festival Concert with

Joshua Burnside is an experimental folk songwriter, singer and producer. He takes influence from alternative electronica and Irish traditional song heritages, chopping and blending them with a mixture of found sounds, world music and unorthodox production methods.

“Joshua Burnside is the best songwriter in Ireland right now, and probably beyond” – Phil Taggart, Sirius XM

“He creates a world and lets us live in it for a while… He’s like going to the theatre” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2



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